Molly Peterson Environment Correspondent

Molly Peterson
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Molly Peterson is an award-winning environment correspondent at Southern California Public Radio.

Molly has reported, edited, directed programs, and produced stories for NPR and NPR shows including "Day to Day" and KQED's "California Report." She was a contributing producer for Nick Spitzer's weekly music program, "American Routes," and reported for "Living on Earth" in the Gulf of Mexico after Hurricanes Katrina & Rita. Prior to joining KPCC, she produced a nationally-distributed radio documentary about New Orleans called "Finding Solid Ground."

A former LA Press Club radio journalist of the year, Molly reported on the faulty pumps installed at New Orleans canals after Hurricane Katrina. That project was a finalist for an Investigative Reporters and Editors award.

Molly worked for NPR American legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg during the Clinton Impeachment.

She studied international politics at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service, and graduated from UC Hastings College of the Law. She is an inactive member of the State Bar of California.

Molly was lucky enough to grow up climbing northern California trees and fishing eastern Sierra waters.


Stories by Molly Peterson

Rebuilding at Long Beach generator on track

A massive rebuilding project at the Haynes Generating Station in Long Beach is on schedule, says the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.

Why California recycles so few batteries

So, maybe it's not a shocker that stores don't want to pay to recycle batteries. People who buy batteries don't expect to pay again to recycle batteries either. But here's the trick: trashing batteries is illegal.

Town Hall LA to run water professional roundtable

Every Southern California water agency agrees that a growing demand combined with a warming climate is set to put L.A.’s faucets in peril of not turning on.

A new incentive for recycling batteries

It's illegal to trash old batteries in California and it also doesn't seem to matter.

SoCal Edison may let customers opt out of smart meters

State utility regulators are considering a plan to let customers of Southern California Edison reject digital or (so-called) smart meters.

PG&E makes 2nd multimillion settlement with Hinkley

Water regulators have slapped Pacific Gas & Electric with a $3.6 million dollar settlement in the town whose pollution woes inspired the film “Erin Brockovich.”

Song of the Week: "You can't see it, and you can't smell it," for nuclear generating stations

If there's one rule about the Song of the Week, it's that it can't be a protest song. Protest music, generally, is where melody, good lyrics, and humor go to die. But rules are made to be broken.

Is your Xbox a vampire?

The answer, probably, is yes. According to one Cornell University study, you might have as many as 20 electronic energy vampires lurking in your house.

5 reasons why Pacific Swell likes Wendell Pierce

1. He played Bunk Moreland in "The Wire" and "Antoine Batiste in "Treme." He attended Ben Franklin and NOCCA, grew up in Pontchartrain Park, and is real New Orleans. I am not real New Orleans.

The iron is hot, the gas is pricey: CODA's first cars arrive

CODA clearly believes that the best response to a national debate about the rising gas prices we're facing is to start offering a car for sale that needs no gas.

Always more work, and more reports, on energy efficiency in California buildings

With the LEED-gold certified Santa Monica Public Library as its backdrop, Environment California today released a new energy efficiency report called "Building a Better America." In it, the group argues the best place to start saving energy is probably the house or office you're sitting in.

Rock record good evidence for acidifying ocean

A new, sweeping survey of science about geologic history has revealed no time in 300 million years when the chemistry of the oceans has changed as fast as now.

Calling all creek freaks: Help map LA's streams and waterways

Environmentalists are asking Angelenos to help find unmapped streams and small waterways.

Environmentalists sue town developer in Riverside County

Two environmental groups are challenging a plan to build a new town along the Salton Sea in Riverside County, saying it will harm the wildlife.

Silver Lake's buzzing with beekeeping interest

Last night, Silver Lake joined the growing ranks of L.A.'s neighborhood councils that favor legalized beekeeping.